Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT009

Study options:

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECT009

Study options:

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECT009

Study options:

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

We live in a dynamic world where the impact of human activity on the environment and society is now recognised as needing urgent attention. In 2015 the UN launched its 17 Sustainable Development Goals which have quickly become adopted as the framework by which nations and organisations are measuring their progress.

Demand for sustainability practitioners is growing and is likely to continue to grow. This course aims to equip you with a range of knowledge, skills and experience integral to the sustainability and environmental professional.

The MSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management course offered at Coventry University is designed to reflect the needs of the profession as well as the research interests and commercial background of current lecturing staff. As such, it is evolving to try to meet the needs of this important discipline.

The course focuses on the environmental, technological, political and social issues associated with environmental management and sustainability issues that face organisations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

This course is accredited by IEMA. IEMA is the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability. This course entitles students to FREE student membership for the duration of the course and on successful completion you qualify for GradIEMA. Graduate membership is a launchpad for future leaders within environment and sustainability and offers a range of benefits to support you throughout your career. You can then “Fast track” to Practitioner Membership (PIEMA) following successful completion of the work-based assessment of competence.

What our students say...

This course increased my understanding of global issues, provided excellent opportunities to put my knowledge into practice and helped me to reach my career goals. I've never worked with more friendly, helpful and enthusiastic lecturers that really made the course what it was. Extremely interesting course with a great team of staff.

Hannah Worthington. MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management, graduating November 2019

Course information

This course aims to equip you with a range of knowledge, skills and experience integral to becoming a sustainability and environmental practitioner. The course focuses on the environmental, technological, political and social issues associated with environmental management and sustainability issues that face organisations.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The course has been created to provide a consistent and standardised series of mandatory content which all students must complete. The breadth of sustainability can be bewildering and we have listened to professionals across this wide field and focused on a series of fundamental areas. In these areas we will explore a wide range of current issues.

As a future sustainability practitioner, you may be required to use a broad range of tools and techniques. The course will allow you the opportunity to explore and use tools such as management systems (e.g. ISO14001:2015) life-cycle assessment, Social and Environmental Impact Assessment and stakeholder identification and mapping.

Crucial to the successful practitioner is an ability to apply a wide range of legislation and other compliance obligations. While the aim is not to turn you into an environmental lawyer, you will have the opportunity to learn how to access and evaluate the relevance of legislation from a strategic, management and project perspective.

In addition to the technical content in the taught modules, we have introduced a series of mandatory modules, designed to help you develop the personal attributes and academic skills to support your studies. These sessions provide an opportunity to address individual learning needs and areas for improvement.

This course includes the Creativity and Change Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute .

Modules

  • Year One

    • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
    • Governance and Law
    • Social and Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Climate and Carbon
    • Environmental Management and Auditing
    • Pollution Prevention and Control
    • Sustainable Water
    • Sustainable Energy
    • Global Professional Development – Creativity and Change
    • Research Project
    • Supporting transition to post-graduate study
    • Post-graduate research skills (Mandatory Tutorial Module)

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Current teaching staff possess both a deep and broad set of skills and experience, both through research-led and industry/consulting careers.
  • The current Course Director is a Fellow of IEMA and is involved with ISO in developing new international standards for the UN, developing the detail of Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
  • Opportunity to attend a residential field trip to the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to develop real-world understanding. Please note that field trips may be subject to availability and additional costs. Please note field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.
  • Currently an IEMA accredited course, designed to provide external credibility in sustainability.

Theory and Practice in Sustainability and Environmental Management – You will study current issues, legislation, risks & opportunities and current practice. The application of principles, such as pollution prevention and environmental justice to relevant stakeholders, organisations, products and services.

Principles of Governance – Explore local and global trends, and governance for the environment, for society and for organisations. You should develop an in-depth understanding of the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, co-operation and governance in aspects of policy, strategy development, implementation and management.

Data and information management - You should learn how to handle data and information taking into account uncertainty and complexity to make appropriate and justifiable decisions. Throughout your time on the course, we aim to develop your critical thinking skills and creativity in problem solving.

Research skills – You will have the opportunity to gain the ability to conduct research, in an ethical manner, and analyse data using appropriate methods and communicate the output effectively. You will have an opportunity to pursue a specialised piece of research into a topic of personal interest.

Professional Skills and Competence – the course is designed to meet the skills map defined by leading professional institute – IEMA – and upon successful completion of the course will provide the required elements for a sustainability practitioner. You will also undertake a CMI accredited module*, to help try to develop your management skills.

The programme can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two to three years for home or EU students. You can start in September, January or May.

Full-time students will study four modules per semester. In a typical week you’ll have 12-15 hours of contact time and will be required to undertake additional directed and self-directed study.

You will be taught through a variety of methods including: lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

We aim to enhance your learning of the subject modules with a parallel and complementary series of small group tutorials which are designed to develop academic, professional and research knowledge and skills. These tutorials also allow discussion on key and current issues in relation to the research informed content with the modules.

You will have the opportunity to spend time on UK-based field trips** to provide you with the opportunity to develop a wider appreciation of sustainability and environmental management in practice. A four-day residential field trip will include opportunities to experiment with different research tools and techniques, in advance of the research project module in the final semester. These research projects aim to reflect the students’ interests and research and consultancy practices of the teaching team.

You will also have the chance to visit local businesses and study their activities, impacts and interactions with communities and stakeholders, comparing and contrasting these to other organisations around the world. These are included in the fees and are arranged by module leaders to meet particular needs.

Please note that if you are an international ‘Tier 4’ student, you will be required to take the course on a full-time basis and must, in addition to the one week of ‘face-to-face’ teaching, receive some additional teaching to fulfil UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For more information, visit our page on Tier 4 compliance.

**Please note field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Assessment for all modules is by 100% coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to offer:

  • A critical awareness of current issues, legislation, risks & opportunities and practice in sustainability and environmental management.
  • The ability to apply sustainability principles to relevant stakeholders, organisations, products and services.
  • Analysis of the implications of global trends and governance for the environment, for society and for organisations.
  • Analyse the role of innovation in developing sustainable products and services and providing sustainable solutions.
  • An in-depth understanding of the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, co-operation and governance in aspects of policy, strategy development, implementation and management.
  • The ability to manage data and information taking into account uncertainty and complexity to make appropriate and justifiable decisions.
  • The ability to conduct research, in an ethical manner, and analyse data using appropriate methods and communicate the output effectively.
  • Personal skills and competencies expected of a sustainability professional, in line with recognised standards.

In a typical week, you will have up to 13-14 hours of in class teaching, comprising lectures/workshops and tutorial/seminars.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 28 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments and reinforcing the taught materials.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

The learning style is thoroughly engaging with activities such as field trips, industry visits and group tasks**. I remember doing an Energy audit for a University building in one of my modules and suggesting ways of becoming more energy efficient. This is a skill I can apply in any area of industry.

As students, we’re given the opportunity to improve our communication skills and confidence through frequent presentations and group discussions. On a personal perspective, my writing skill has improved significantly.

The Lecturers in this course were always willing to help by providing much-needed guidance for students throughout their academic journey. I benefitted from this by making a Distinction in my Research project. My supervisor's consistent feedback and advice was exceptional.

Jessy Jessa, MSc Sustainability and Environmental management, graduating November 2019

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have obtained a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

To enter this course you should have obtained a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter this course you should have obtained a first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,800 (per year)


January 2020

£15,800 (per year)


May 2020

£15,800 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials – additional costs

Please note field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

All modules are relevant to the needs of the sustainability and environmental profession, based on IEMA’s graduate attributes. The formative and summative assignments that you will be set are industry-focused or have a real world practical application.

You will be guided in development planning and reflective practice as current or future leaders, with a focus on influencing and managing change in your team, organisation and the sector more widely.

Your career path could involve being actively engaged in delivering sustainable development within all types of organisations. At the heart of most modules are the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are becoming the benchmark for organisations seeking to contribute.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gone on to work as environmental officers in industry, local authorities, universities and consultancies. Others have undertaken further study, such as a PhD.

What our students say...

The course proved gratifying, insightful and meaningful. The added weight on sustainability to the Environmental Management MSc will better align my career prospects towards today’s industry demands. I was delighted to learn the course is accredited by the leading practitioner institute, IEMA, opening extensive employment opportunities amongst a growing network of sustainability professionals, world-wide, in all forms of environmental management.

Daniel Bastick, MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management, graduating November 2019.
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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